By Maryam Garba Hassan
Federal Commissioner for Refugees Migration and Internally Displaced Persons, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk has said Nigeria has the fifth largest number of citizens crossing to Europe and the highest number of irregular migrants flow through the Agadez route.
She said the recent discovery of dead bodies of some Nigerian women at the bank of the Mediterranean Sea calls for urgent need to address the issue of irregular migration.
The Commissioner said this yesterday in Abuja when she led her management team on a courtesy call to the head office of the National Orientation Agency NOA.
Farouk said the purpose of the courtesy call is to explore areas of partnership and sensitization with the agency and to see how it can educate Nigerians on the danger of migration journeys to Europe where some of them lose their lives.
It is also to inform the Director General of NOA about the forth coming International Migrants Day on the 18th of December.
She said this year the National Migration Dialogue would focus on Irregular Migration.
She said this year’s theme is as a result of the increasing number of many young Nigerians who continue to embark on dangerous journeys though the deserts and the Mediterranean to escape perceived hardships at home.